In addition to hosting wide receiver Michael Crabtree on a free agent visit, the Miami Dolphins will also host quarterback Tarvaris Jackson and offensive lineman J.D. Walton. It was originally reported by us and others that Crabtree's visit would be yesterday but that has since been clarified.
Jackson is an intriguing name because he has the athleticism to scramble out of the pocket and run the read-option, which is a staple of Bill Lazor's offense. We saw Ryan Tannehill rush for 311 yards last season so they may see Jackson as a good fit for their offensive system. In addition, he will be cheaper than Matt Moore. Jackson made $1.25 million dollars last season while Moore made $4 million dollars. Moore is looking for the same type of deal to re-sign with the team.
Jackson entered the league in 2006 when he was selected in the second round by the Minnesota Vikings. He played for the Vikings for five years before moving onto the Seattle Seahawks for the past three years. Over the course of his career, he has played in 55 games, throwing for 7,226 yards, 39 touchdowns and 35 interceptions. His completion percentage hovers right around 60 percent. He has 644 rushing yards with six rushing touchdowns.
J.D. Walton, who has played mainly center but can also play guard, is being looked at as a reserve, according to Andrew Abramson of the Palm Beach Post. Waldon is 27 years old and started for the New York Giants last season.He played the most snaps of any center in 2014 but had an overall grade of -19.6, according to Pro Football Focus. The current Dolphins regime loves guys who can play multiple positions so Waldon would be a good fit for depth purposes. he would likely fill Nate Garner's role, who was released several weeks ago due to his inability to fully recover from severe migraines.
We'll see how this all plays out. The Dolphins have been known to bring in guys who they are serious about signing. We'll keep you posted here on PhinManiacs.com so be sure to check back throughout the day.
This story was written by Matthew Cannata. Follow him on Twitter: @PhinManiacs